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America, Greatness and Appealing to the Better Angels

I’ve been reading “The Sketch Book” by Washington Irving, the author who gave life to the Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle. “The Sketch Book” contains both of these classics of early-American literature. 1,149 more words

Can A Moralistic Attitude Lead to Violence?

Sounds like a dumb question. Everyone knows that violent people are immoral. They lack empathy, are selfish, and some are even psychopaths.

But what if the research doesn’t support these assumptions? 533 more words

The Better Angels of Our Nature

This famous phrase comes from Lincoln’s first inaugural address. In large part the speech was intended to be a plea to the South for reconciliation, and initially Lincoln penned a conclusion that offered the southern states a choice between ‘peace or the sword.’ But in the end he was persuaded to change the text so the last sentence read as follows: “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle field and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” 438 more words

A Visitor Will Find - a poem by Kate Rauner

Welcome Comet Lovejoy
To our northern sky.
Constellations frame your path,
Through Rabbit, Maiden, Bull you fly.
When last you journeyed near the Sun
We humans on the ground… 145 more words


Gandhi's Better Angels: A Vision for a Non-Violent Future

Gandhi’s Better Angels: A Vision for a Non-Violent Future

Maxwell Cooper, University of Ottawa (Canada) (International Gandhian Conference, Delhi University, Delhi, India; January 2013) 

Amongst the scores of letters he attended to every day, Mahatma Gandhi responded to one V.N.S. 3,366 more words


Too much morality?

Imran Ibn Mansur’s two most recent videos on the subject of Atheist morality (discussed at length here and here) have stirred up some discussion. It’s difficult to tell how much what he’s saying Imran takes seriously and how much of it just controversy for the sake of generating attention to fuel his own ego. 1,318 more words